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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kids and Kunming

Lake Dianchi - walk around the lake, blow bubbles, maybe take a boat ride (but do NOT touch the water). Nearby is the Hongta Sports Center (?) - but you'll need a car, bus schedules, or know how to call taxis or better still - the uber-china drivers (better service, less spitting, hacking, and smoking, not to mention courtesy).

Green Lake inside - eat at The Park in the center of the Green Lake Park - some amusement rides and games (I think) like bumper cars (but maybe NOT for unaccompanied minors).

The prolific movie theaters with kiddie focused movies.

OUTSIDE Kunming - there's a difficult to find international youth hostel - and nearby is a large park with lots of kiddie things to do - more blowing bubbles.

Wild animal park on the NE edge of kunming.

Kunming Zoo. Despite the detractors - it's inexpensive enough for many rural people to visit, has a rather expansive amusement park in the center of the park (on top of the hill) and there's a MacDonalds inside. Yes the people are grubby - but they're not well trained in the art of litter management, spitting, hacking, smoking, and personal space invasion. Adults from western developed countries will be appalled - but the kids probably won't notice if this is their first visit to the zoo...and any other zoo in any other developed country will be a major improvement for your next zoo visit.

FuXian Lake - beautiful clean water lake - kids can wade - but be vigilant! Sea food, Hilton Hotel nearby if money's not an issue, for their lunch buffet.

You can also pick up some inexpensive kites and go fly at the larger parks - just be prepared for kite-eating trees and overhead power lines - trees not so much as the cold snap radically pruned many of them.

Finally - for the ultra low-budget - any of the major shopping malls - there are abundant toy stores - some even have samples that kids can demo - just make sure they don't try to ingest product.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

Jules12
Nigerian scams seek even smaller money - anything from USD 10-USD100+, so EU3k is a windfall for a scammer.

For international contracts, best you should pay via a documentary credit (ask your commercial bank officer about documentary credits).

As an alternative - if you're looking for trading opportunities in China (aka vendors), check out alibaba.com. They have a better than nothing vetting process, although I've never actually used any of their vendors (yet), with nominal ratings systems (which can be faked).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

A short note on the ENGLISH CONTRACT ONLY advice and it's merely my own professional experience. YMMV (your milage may vary). Legal contracts depend on the agreed upon jurisdictional domain and the enforceability. If the Chinese company has no international office, an English language contract will hold about as much status as a Chinese language contract in your country.

You may win a settlement in your country, with an English language contract, assuming you're granted eminent domain, but you can't enforce the contract or the judgement in China.

So, when dealing with Chinese companies with no discernible or traceable international operations, you'll need to use a Chinese language contract, vetted by Chinese attorneys (not expensive - typically around CNY6k flat rate - USD 1k), etc etc ad infinitum.

Foreigners love to cite English language contracts and eminent domain in some neutral country or location (like Hong Kong), but the contracts are typically unenforceable against a defendant in China, especially in the more developing regions of China, such as the south, west, and central provinces.

Rule of law for eminent domain and language MAY be more flexible along the more developed eastern seaboard, especially Shanghai and Guangdong - but because of translation issues and legal idiosyncrasies, you're still looking at an entangled legal mess with long delays.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming FRAUD

You MAY want to contact LONGDRAGON (posted on THIS forum) for fee-based physical due diligence. He's operated a representative office in Yunnan for over a decade.

Even if the company is a "big name" entity - there are many frauds misrepresenting themselves, fake offices, etc.

On that note - there are also many "big name" entities with dismal looking but legitimate satellite offices.

If you're serious about the business, invest some nominal funds into a preliminary (physical) due diligence report.

If you want to go big - then contact the larger multinational accounting firms and they can expensively verify due diligence - although their records for ethics and morals has been quite dubious of late.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Advice on allergies - please help!

If you REALLY want to drink urine as therapy - try a warm bottle of Corona beer. Smells like pee, looks like pee, and I'd venture - tastes like pee, when warm, with a modest beer flavor. Two birds with one stone.

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@Geogramatt
Assuming your question was serious - a simple google or bing search will yield a plethora of results. The UN (un.edu) has an excellent article on China and India's definition of "poverty lines", but the information is probably outdated as China's economy zooms ahead. China's National Development & Reform Commission - which manages the national five year plan strategies contains the general high level requirements for sustainable development of this country (en.ndrc.gov.cn).

China's five years plans used to be mocked and ridiculed by the western media - but if you've ever performed or witnessed requirements engineering and the processes and artifacts - you cannot but conclude these artifacts are world class professional documents. The Five Year Plans are essentially high level requirements, which indicate the government's architecture for this country - which are then supposed to be devolved by project owners (government officials) into detailed planning documents for execution, monitoring & controlling, and phase out - following generally accepted globally recognized professional standards for professional project management.

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Just stopped by Wicker Basket Beichen again to stock up on frozen pizzas, frozen pies (chicken, beef), cheese, and sliced ham (ask them to slice it for you). Love this place - simple decor, polite helpful nice staff - nothing fancy - but gets the job done.

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Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.

First experience - excellent (5 stars).

Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).

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Just stopped into Prague Beichen for dinner a few nights ago - and I'm shocked at how good their food is - five star international hotel quality. Even the fruit-based drink was made from genuine fruit - as opposed to the usual domestic fare of fruit syrup with chunks of fruit added. The food was well-presented and "plated".

The restaurant itself has had a major overhaul and now occupies both the ground floor and the second floor - well illuminated without being blinding, wide open and airy space (2nd floor), nice attentive but non-intrusive service, and reasonable prices for excellent cuisine.

Will absolutely return several times more, to savor and experience other menu items.

A pleasant surprise and culinary delight - great place for a date or even a quiet business meeting. Excellent atmosphere.

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Excellent coffee, tea, and simple meals - to include waffles and various incarnations of sandwiches. Ground floor is NO SMOKING, second floor (where they hide the bathrooms), SMOKING.

Extraordinarily popular place - beautiful location, typical service for Kunming - which means when it's good, it's stellar, when it's bad - it's terrifying - so they have a quality consistency problem that's reflected in the various staff and shifts.

However - it's still a great place to meet, hang out, chill, relax, etc. Just remember to DIY (do it yourself) most of the time.

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Caesar's Salad and one of their fresh fruit flavored teas - always my favorite culinary delight here (see my review 6 months ago).

Don't forget to pick up a few freshly baked bread rolls, pastries etc on the way out.

For a NO-SMOKING designated environment - comfortable, quiet, elegant, for a bistro-ish experience.